IDville Blog | Eastern Pennsylvania school prepares for state Voter ID law

Eastern Pennsylvania school prepares for state Voter ID law

by Admin 7. September 2012 11:44

A college in Eastern Pennsylvania has adapted its identification cards so that its students may use them to vote, according to a published report.

The state is the 33rd to legislate a voter identification law that attempts to stave off voter fraud, The Lafayette reports. Those who take issue with the law claim it is slighted against minorities and low-income people who might not be in possession of a driver's license or a passport.

This past July, Lafayette College added expiration months and years to the ID cards, which Student Life Director Pamela Brewer said validates the school's identification card for voting purposes.

"Pennsylvania law [honors] university or college identification, as long as there is a concrete expiration date," government and law professor John Kincaid told the news source.

The law mandates voters bear the correct identification when casting ballots, which would include IDs issued by the federal or state government.

Lafayette is populated by many Pennsylvania residents who already have valid state identifications. Brewer said roughly one-fifth of the school's students are equipped with approved Pennsylvania identification cards.

But out-of-state students, even if they are registered to vote in Pennsylvania, will not be able to vote with out-of-state identification cards.

The college's older identification cards do not have expiration dates on them and students who attempt to use them will be unable to vote. But the newly formatted ones should be honored.

"Lafayette was way ahead of the curve on this, and, over the summer, several other local colleges contacted us for advice on this issue," Brewer told the news source.

Newly arrived freshmen were given the ID cards when they first came to campus and kicked off their college pursuits. They should be able to register to vote in the state.

But upperclassmen who continue using the older identification cards will not be able to use those to cast ballots. They may go to the ID office and acquire a new ID card in exchange for the older one.

The school intends to remind the student body of the changes by distributing a campus-wide email on September 17, which is Constitution Day. That email will contain information about registering.

Voters must register to vote in the state of Pennsylvania by October 6.

Located in Easton, Lafayette College was established more than 175 years ago, according to the school's website.

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